Avoiding work burnouts

23 Jun 2021

Being productive at your job is extremely important and may lead you to a better income and job growth. However, one must be careful to not overdo it and take on or work more than you should. We’re talking about job burnouts and overworking, which is a special type of work-related stress. This also physical or emotional tiredness and even empty – with a reduced sense of accomplishment and loss of personal identity. Despite it being a negative thing, the search for “signs of burnout” increased by 24% in 2020 from the previous year. It’s important to avoid a burnout and it’s equally critical to identify a burnout. 

Ask yourself a couple of questions. Do you force yourself to go to work and struggle getting started? Have you become irritable or impatient with co-workers, customers or clients? Do you find difficulty in shifting your attention and concentrate? Do you lack satisfaction with your achievements? Have your sleeping habits changed? Do you experience any unexplained headaches, stomach or bowel problems, or other physical complaints? If you’ve answered yes to most of the questions, then you’re possibly going through a burnout. It’s important to take action as soon as you identify this problem as it ma worsen and lead to more mental health issues such as depression. How can you tackle it? Speak to a doctor immediately. 

The start is usually a positive one: you’re assigned to a new project and you’re full of ideas, energy, commitment and high job satisfaction. Doesn’t sound that bad, right? The problems arise as you may begin to experience stresses of the project you’re undertaking. Therefore, you’ve got to focus on yourself and your wellbeing as well as work. If this is handled well, your burnout will be under control. However, if not, the burnout may worsen, and you’ll face more difficult days. This is when symptoms will affect you physically, mentally and even emotionally. Next is chronic stress, which replaces the aforementioned motivation with frequent stress. You may also experience anger, panic, pressure and start withdrawing yourself from social activities. The fourth stage is the burnout, when you’re not able to continue working anymore. Tolerance to work changes from one person to another, but one usually faces chronic headaches, a neglect of personal needs and develops an escapist mentality. The mental aspect of burnout is conveyed as individuals will start excessively self-doubting themselves. If this continues, one may fall into a depression and the symptoms of burnout will be embedded in one’s life. 

It would be wrong to link burnout to the workplace only as it can also happen at home or even in life in general. As mentioned, it’s extremely important to look after your physical and emotional health. Ideally, if you’re experiencing burnout, you’d take some time off from work to rest and relax, however, that it not always an option. If you can’t take a break from work, make sure to get enough rest and communicate with friends and family. That said, take some time to be alone. It’s also very important to eat well and exercise to keep your body fit and healthy. You can take up meditation practises or yoga. Do what makes you happy.